Jeb Banegas is a New York-based Editor, Filmmaker, and Jeff Goldblum enthusiast. His short films, including the Award-Winning 400 Meters, have played at numerous festivals in the tri-state area and have also been featured online on the New Yorker magazine's website. He's done editing work for the Emmy-winning series "VICE" on HBO, a plethora of reality shows, and a few short documentaries for Vice.com and Broadly. ...Read More..
The Award Winning, TYRFING is Stephen Polakiewicz’s directorial debut. Graduating with a BA in Communications from Florida State University and a MS in Television Production from Boston University, he now holds the position of editor at Redtree Productions cutting TV commercials. He despises writing in the third person, particularly about himself, finding it pompous and reeking of “trying to hard.” If he had his way, his bio would read- “Stephen Polakiewicz, Mission Hill by way of Valrico. The Meaghan. Film. Wrestling. Comics. Beer. Galaxy Quest Quotes. In that order.” But, that doesn’t sound like something you’d read in a film festival program. Instead, he’ll drop two-dollar words and talk about his intrinsic passion for storytelling and his other blah blah blah artistic sensibilities. Stay true to yourself Steve! Never give up, never surrender! Read More
Born in Switzerland, Cristian started of as an actor on the theatre stage and as a host of NICKELODEN SWITZERLAND. He took his first steps into the film industry by working for REGENCY TELEVISON/20 CENTURY FOX in Los Angeles and got trained on the job as editor and director. In 2004, Cristian became a freelance director/producer and founded SECONDUNIT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS. He graduated from the SCHOOL OF SCREENWRITING in Berlin in 2007 and has worked since as screenwriter and script consultant. Cristian wrote and directed numerous music videos, tv shows, comedy series and short films, including the wildly successful Scrabble. He graduated with a master of fine arts in directing from the renown AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE (AFI) in Los Angeles. Read More
Emile Schlesser is the producer and editor of the award-winning ROXY. He also starred in the protagonist's role Jeff. Born and raised in Luxembourg, he now lives and works as an artist and filmmaker in Düsseldorf (Germany), where he studied at the renowned "Kunstakademie Düsseldorf". Some of his former teachers include artists like Markus Lüpertz, Jörg Immendorff, Tal R and Marcel Odenbach. Delving deeply into the art of painting at first, he later switched to his childhood passion for making films. With ROXY he was able to combine both his passions by financing the short film production through selling his paintings. Read More
Adam Tawfik is a Freelance writer and blogger and a recent Film Studies graduate with a passion for black comedy. His award-winning, Elephant in the Room is his debut film for the festival circuit.
Blake Rice is the award-winning director, editor, and producer of Meridians - his first film. He is a sociology graduate who enjoys the visual exploration of transgression and voyeurism. Blake states, ¨For me, the goal of filmmaking is to explore new ways of doing things for the rest of your life, to continue to grow, and to keep making provocative content that moves audiences. The moment you lose your fascination with the world is the moment your work becomes stale. I will continue to push envelopes and deliver raw human emotion in film, without ever compromising excellence for mediocrity. Film is my life and I have a responsibility to maintain my integrity while delivering something audiences will feel passionate about.´ Read More
Award winning Bay Area director Elizabeth Sher’s work in film has followed the arc of her life: starting with a satire on toilet training (The Training © 1979) while trying to train one of her children to the baby boomers and cosmetic surgery (Younger, Thinner, Smoother © 2000) to one woman's path to creative living in her 70's (BELLA BELLA © 2007). The award-winning PENNY the documentary continues Sher's interest in art, women and healthy aging - celebrating the life of Penny Cooper - a trail blazing role model who built her successful, full and creative life and whose favorite word is still "fabulous" - she is too! See More
ABAN BHARUCHA DEOHANS
Aban majored in Psychology from St. Xavier’s College and has done her Advertising and Marketing, and a Journalism diploma from XIC (Xavier’s Institute of Communication.) She has worked in several Advertising Agencies as a Creative and has contributed short stories and articles to several magazines. Aban directs Advertising films for her Production House, Candid Creations. She is a theatre actress as well, and has acted in several English and Hindi plays. Her short award-winning film, Teaspoon is currently making rounds at festivals, and she is currently scripting her feature film, which she plans to direct next year. See More
Brenna Carnuccio is a young actress/singer-songwriter and new filmmaker originally from Philadelphia, PA, now residing in Los Angeles. She has studied at the Playhouse West Acting School with Tony Savant and Jim Parrack, as well as with film Director Martin Donovan, and performs locally and across the country as a professional musician. Previously involved with the Miss America Organization as a Miss Central PA and Miss Ocean City, NJ title holder, and former lead singer/songwriter of indie pop band, Coastalrise, The award-winning Adadolisdi is Brenna's first film. Read More...
Gunner Willis is the writer/director of the award-winning Jump and Hopeful Sunday. Raised in South Carolina, Gunner fell in love with film and telling stories about small towns, weird families, and awkward situations. Last year he was a top 200 finalist in Project Greenlight and has recently moved to Atlanta for acting/directing. Read More
Travis Vermilye is Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, College of Arts & Media, University of Colorado Denver, in the Digital Design Area. He is professional medical illustrator and animator who now focuses his creative work toward visual communication of public health information. In his past work, Travis has created anatomical models, illustrations and animations derived from medical image data for the surgical planning of more than 20 cases of conjoined twins. His work has been shown on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC and Discovery Health as well as international publications. His award-winning short, Addictus, can be seen at film festivals everywhere.
Cristina Kotz Cornejo
Cristina Kotz Cornejo, holds an MFA in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her debut feature film, 3 Américas premiered at the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival. It has since screened at over 15 venues nationally and internationally and is available on NetflixDVD, iTunes, Amazon and IndieFlix. 3 Américas was invited to the 2004 Sundance Producer’s Conference, participated in the IFP/NY Director’s Lab and was in the script competition at the 2003 International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana, Cuba. She is the recipient of 2004/2007 Moving Image Fund Grants from the LEF Foundation. Her short films have screened at over 40 film festivals around the world. She is a 2010 Film Independent Project Involve Fellow, a 2012 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow and a 2014 Cine Qua Non Screenwriter Fellow. Read More
Chris began dabbling with animation in 1993 as part of the commercial arts course that he was taking at that time. Becoming fascinated with the animator’s craft, he began attending workshops held by the Manitoba Society of Independent Animators (MSIA). Chris received funding from MSIA in the form of space and equipment usage and set up shop in MSIA’s studios working on his first film “the Urge” when time permitted. “The Urge” was completed in the spring of 2001.
In 2008 "The Urge" was picked up as a greetings card for a popular website, which inspired the production of the Christmas greetings card entitled "Christmas Band". This short film was completed in the Fall of 2009.
After several years of production Chris completed the Urge 2 - It Lies Within. During this time, Chris, taught an animation course at the Winnipeg Art Gallery - Studio Programs, worked on several small animated commercials and began working on a screenplay for a feature film. Read More
Born in Atlanta Georgia, Rachel attended Williams College and graduated with a degree in History in 2013. She currently splits her time between New York and San Francisco, working in a variety of roles in the industry. 20 BAHT is her directorial debut.
Director bio: Yangzi was born and raised in Beijing, China and moved to Los Angeles to study animation at UCLA since 2011. She currently works as a freelance storyboard artist and character designer and is the creator of the award-winning short animation, Eggplant.
Sutinder is a British filmmaker from London, now living and working in Los Angeles. He is an alumnus of the MetFilm School (UK), The National Film & TV School (UK) and the New York Film Academy.
He has established his own production company dedicated to discovering and nurturing emerging ethnic filmmakers and written two feature scripts and a TV pilot. In 2014, he wrote, produced and directed his heartbreaking and award-winning debut short ‘Tell Me You Love Me’. He is currently developing several feature projects. Read More
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Ellen Gerstein is an accomplished director, writer, actress and member of the Alliance of Women Directors. She produced, starred in, directed, and even wrote an original song for the Award-Winning COME AWAY WITH ME...Read More
Sean Robinson is an award-winning director/editor whose work has screened in over 100 international film festivals and garnered numerous awards. His films include "THE PURITANS," "NAKED," a musical short film, and the award-winning "INDIGO GREY: The Passage" featuring original score by Evanescence's Amy Lee, and hailed by Rolling Stone as a "Wild Irish-Dance-Infused Sci-Fi Adventure." Robinson co-wrote an original screenplay "RECLAIMING EDEN", a finalist in the Harvardwood 2012 Writing Competition. Most recently, OUTmusic – the LGBTQ Academy of Recording Arts (LARA) commissioned Robinson to direct the Academy's music documentary film “For Which WE Stand" featuring Dolly Parton, Melissa Etheridge, Michael Musto, Deborah Cox, and other recording artists, activists, and industry professionals. Read More
As both a first-generation immigrant and graduate of the University of Alabama, Stark began making short digital films in 2005, and began working as a video production professional the same year.
Since then, his dueling careers have taken parallel paths. As a film director, he has helmed numerous shorts and one feature film (“The Nocturnal Third”), and has contributed to the indie film landscape as both a screenwriter (“The Nocturnal Third”) and feature film producer (“A Genesis Found”).
With a directorial filmography that is probing, humanist, tense, and above all, entertaining, Stark’s "Dead Saturday", which features Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts, has screened at over a dozen film festivals. He is currently developing "Rocket City Shakedown", a comedic "slacker noir" to be filmed in Spring 2015. Read More
Born in Thailand, Samati is a filmmaker currently living in San Francisco. He has an extensive background in animation and visual effects after working at the leading visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic, Weta Digital and Digital Domain to create believable animation for characters in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “King Kong”, ‘Lord of the Rings”, “I Robot”, “Iron Man” and “Rango” amongst several others.
Samati found his film production company "Boon Pictures" in 2013, and created a award-winning shorts, inlcuding A Solitude at the Golden Gate. Samati is currently directing his first Sci-fi feature film that he has written and will produce. Read More
Laura Wootton grew up in Atlanta and realized her dream of becoming a filmmaker at a young age. She graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in 2014. As a filmmaker/artist, she likes to think outside the lens when creating her art. Read More
Brian Benson has been making ridiculous movies since he was 8 years old – only then he had youth as a defense. After studying film at UCLA and San Francisco State University, he directed several festival films and a few commercial videos including an ill-fated video about a loose-fitting condom.
Brian’s day job is producing and assistant directing movies and TV commercials and he has over two dozen feature films under his belt. In 2000 he produced his first feature film, HAIKU TUNNEL, which screened at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and then was distributed by Sony Classics. In 2002 Brian received the prestigious Sundance Producer's Fellowship. He followed up with DOPAMINE which won an award at 2003 Sundance Film Festival, RED DIAPER BABY produced for the Sundance Channel and FULL GROWN MEN a comedy starring Alan Cumming, Deborah Harry and Amy Sedaris which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
Brian assistant directed Peter and Benjamin Bratt’s 2009 award-winning film LA MISSION and he produced Peaches Christ’s ALL ABOUT EVIL, a dark comedy starring Natasha Lyonne, Casandra Peterson, Thomas Dekker and Mink Stole which premiered in 2010 at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Simultaneously, he was a producer on HOWL, a film about Allen Ginsberg’s poem directed by the Academy Award winning team Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, executive produced by Gus Van Sant and starring James Franco, Jon Hamm and Mary-Louise Parker. HOWL was the opening night film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Last year Brian assistant directed the 2015 Sundance hit THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL staring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard and which is on track for a summer 2015 theatrical release.
Currently Brian is producing a documentary with Carlos Santana about civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, writing a feature-length musical to star Cousin Wonderlette, performing in shows and teaching a film course at San Francisco State University about, among other things, the appropriateness of inappropriate cinema.
Fr3deR1cK is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who graduated from Temple University’s documentary film program, and received a M.A. from Georgia State University in Communications. His projects include the Award Winning, COUNTER HISTORIES: ROCK HILL...Read More
Brey Browne is a producer, actor and co-founder of Wildfox Films. The award winning stay. marks Brey's directorial debut. Brey is a Film/TV Major at the University of Texas RGV and Vice President of the Director's Cut Film Initiative. Read More
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Pam Walton and Ruth Carranza are award-winning documentary video producers. Their work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; in the International Documentary Association's Theatrical Documentary Showcase; and has been included in the prestigious International Public Television Screening Conference (INPUT). Their documentaries have aired on PBS member stations in major American cities, have been broadcast nationally on MTV Network's LOGO, and are distributed by New Day Films and Netflix. Both Walton and Carranza have Masters in Film and Video Production from Stanford University, and from 1989 to 1999 Walton was a lecturer in the Department of Communication at Stanford. She is currently the editor of New Day Films’ annual catalog.
Sabrina McCormick is a filmmaker and scientist. Her first award-winning film, A GOOD EGG, is screening at festivals across the country. She has also produced and directed several award-winning documentary films, including two segments of THE YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, a Showtime series that won the Emmy for Best Documentary Series in 2014. Her first film, NO FAMILY HISTORY, won Best Documentary at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. Sabrina’s next short narrative film, FRACKTURED, will be at festivals soon.
Toronto born Mitchell Lazar is now studying at New York University Tisch School of the Arts for Film and TV Production. From an early age, Lazar has been acting and is now pursing a career as a director.
His short award-winning film, Marvin, has been screening at film festivals world-wide and several new projects are currently in production.
Samantha is an actor, writer, producer, and the founder of Made with Sass Media, her production company focused on getting women behind the camera. Samantha’s work has been showcased at Holly Web Fest, NYC Web Fest, LA Web Fest, The Edmonton Short Film Festival, The Iron Mule Comedy Film Festival, Channel 101 NY, IndieWorks, New Filmmakers on My Damn Channel and all over the world wide web. Samantha is a graduate of The Atlantic Acting School where she was a student of Cynthia Silver's. The two bonded over a common desire to tell honest and unique stories within the context of the ordinary and from the female perspective. The award-winng Sleep Training was their first collaboration. The pair are currently in post-production for their second short: Sibs. Read More
John Ludwick (MFA Sequential Art, BFA Graphic Design) has been a storyboard artist for over a decade. He has directed 2-D and 3-D animation television spots for Cartoon Network, PBS Kids, and Toon Disney through the award-
winning Atlanta studio Primal Screen.
As a professor for Ball State University, John has consulted with regional and international studios to plan narrative, documentary animation projects including Adrenaline Motion Pictures, Mediasauce, Performance Services, Inc., The Basement, Meysen Inc., Disney XD, and many others. He's presented at the Heartland Film Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design, Huntington Christian University, and twice at SIGGRAPH His award-winning Claire and the Keys took a whopping five years to make and has been winnng-awards at film festivals world-wide . See More
HAsan Can Dagli
Hasan Can Dagli was born on June 06, 1987 in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a director, writer, known for the Award-Winning Organik Uyku (Organic Sleep) (2016), La Fabbricazione (2015), Everyday (2011). He studied film at School of Visual Arts and Marmara University. He is co-founder of BLAH Pictures, a filmmaking company located in Istanbul. Mostly working on short films and commercials...Read More
The talent behind the Award-Winning doc THE OFF | SEASON, Lance's films have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, official selections at over 45 film festivals, awarded at 16 festivals, and nationally televised on PBS...
Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Dave Paterson's love of films comes from his mother, who would even pull him out of school as a youngster, just so they could see the latest films together. Dave began his career working under Executive Producer Ean Thorley on projects such as The YouTube Symphony Orchestra and the ASTRA Awards, where he was promoted to write for the ASTRA Awards. Dave has written and directed two short films: the award-winning, Butcherbird, and short documentary, boné, He is also in development on his feature, Cottontail, which he will direct. Read More
Gail Lerner’s short film, Raise the ToyGantic, has screened at many festivals around the country, where it has garnered several ‘Best Ensemble’ and ‘Audience Choice’ awards. Gail’s television writing credits include Black-ish, Happy Endings, Ugly Betty, and Will & Grace. Her directing credits include episodes of Happy Endings, Trophy Wife, and Awkward, as well as the viral short GIRLS: Season 38. She has been nominated for three Emmy awards and a Golden Globe, and has won an Image Award for her work on Black-ish. Her short film, Seraglio, which was co-written and co-directed with her dashing and talented husband, Colin Campbell, was nominated for a 2001 Academy Award. She holds an MFA in Theater Directing from Columbia University.
Gina Lee Ronhovde
A graduate of The Los Angeles Film School, award-winning writer/director Gina Lee Ronhovde took 2015 by storm with her psychological horror short "Boudoir" starring Dominique Swain ("Lolita", "Face/Off", "Alpha Dog") cinematography by Will Barratt ("Frozen", "Hatchet I&II") and sound by John Neff ("Mulholland Drive"). "Boudoir" won three awards at the 2015 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival: Best Dramatic Short Film, Best Cinematography, and won the HRIFF People's Choice award for Best Short Film, and was an official selection of the 2015 Chicago Horror Film Festival (nominated for Best Music) and the 2015 Fargo Fantastic Film Festival, WILDsound in Toronto and Hollyshorts Horror Monthly Screenings at TCL Chinese Theaters in 2015. Ronhovde first delighted audiences with her original shorts such as "Ace of Spades" (2010 finalist for the Jay Leno Show FlipCam Film Contest) and her satirical thesis short "Bereft Left: A Very Brief, Very American Tale" (Official 2010 Selection Action on Film Festival - Nominated Best Student Film Category; Official 2010 Selection Valley Film Festival; Official 2010 Selection Austin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival). After graduation, she interned in the Creative Development department at Lionsgate as well as for producer John Jacobs (Blades of Glory) at Smart Entertainment and continued her film education on the set of Kevin Smith's "Red State" as a production intern. She worked simultaneously as a freelance script consultant for Script Pipeline and as a production coordinator for New Wave Entertainment, helping produce over 15 comedy specials for cable and network television including "'Weird Al' Yankovic Live!: The Alpocalypse Tour" (2011);"Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe" (2012) and "Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious." In 2013 Gina came on board as an executive producer of the black comedy thriller feature "Spreading Darkness" starring Eric Roberts, James Duval, John Savage, Louis Mandylor, and Robert Davi. That same year she also wrote and directed three original projects: a short comedy "If Only You Were French", a Match.com spec commercial, and "Boudoir." Her award-winning script "Family Reunion" - a comical take on a dysfunctional family reunion in rural Minnesota - has been a finalist or winner in the top screenwriting competitions (3rd Place Winner - The 2015 Indie Gathering International Film Festival in Feature Comedy category; Top Ten Finalist - 2015 Palm Street Films Screenwriting Competition; Finalist - 2015 Creative World Awards Screenwriting Competition; Quarter-finalist - 2015 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition; Semi-Finalist - 2015 Table Read My Screenplay Contest; Official Selection - 2015 Columbia Gorge International Film Festival.)
Hailing from the San Joaquin Valley, Randy May is a writer/director to whom storytelling comes naturally. Working alongside a regular group of collaborators, Randy focuses most of his creative energy on projects that will challenge and grow his ability to tell stories. His award-winning short, Before We Meet, has been screening a numerous festivals. He now lives in Mississippi where he continues to work with filmmakers on a number of projects.
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Karen Audette is a visual artist. Her current medium is documentary filmmaking - first producing and now directing short independent films. Her Award-Winning directorial debut, THE NIKE CHARIOT EARRING is about an unusual art theft from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston...Read More
23-year-old Jay Perry from Victoria Australia developed a strong passion for art and filmmaking during his time at Swinburne Senior Secondary College. Upon graduation he was awarded a ‘highly commended’ certificate in both Media and Studio Arts. Jay then went on to study a Bachelor degree in Screen Production at the University of Canberra from 2012 to 2014. Here, he developed his skills as a scriptwriter, director, and editor. Throughout the 3 years of study he successfully completed 5 short films, including the award-winning, Obsolete, and earned a Dean’s Excellence Award in 2013 and 2014. Jay Perry is now working on his next film project. Read More
After obtaining a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Middlesex University, Greg Keith dabbled in stand up comedy before focusing on acting, screenwriting and then directing. After creating such short films as sci-fi action satire Chaos Black and the psychological drama Weird Love, which premiered at the BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival, Greg is now balancing the development of his feature directorial debut, Charlie, with his need to portray a diverse range of characters and take direction from and learn under as many great directors of stage and screen as possible. Special skills and interests include powerlifting, various martial arts, singing and character voices.
Tess Martin is an independent animator who works with cut-outs, ink, paint, sand or objects. Her most recent award-winning films are The Whale Story , The Lost Mariner, an animated interpretation of an Oliver Sacks case study, and Mario, a paint on glass film based on an Italian folk song. Her films have displayed at galleries and festivals worldwide. She is the director of Haptic Animation Amplifier, a non-profit that helps support & distribute animation from the Pacific Northwest of the USA, and she runs a monthly animation event in the Netherlands called Manifest: Animation Show & Tell. She also occasionally writes about the world of independent animation.
Oriana Oppice is an award-winning director, producer, and actor. Beginning her career in Los Angeles, she is constantly involved in the independent film circuit, most recently with films screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Salento Film Festival in Italy, and many others. Lobster fra Diavolo, a comedy she directed, produced, and starred in, has won many awards and screened at film festivals around the world. She is the Programs Director on the Board of Directors for Women in Film Chicago.Read More..
CHEO TYEHIMBA TAYLOR
CHEO TYEHIMBA TAYLOR is an award-winning journalist, producer, screenwriter, filmmaker and creator/executive producer of the Game Changers Project (GCP), a national film fellowship for emerging filmmakers of color. In 2014, he launched his production company, Forward Ever Films, for which he wrote and produced "Rites," a dramatic short film about fathers and sons, first haircuts, and lost innocence. "Rites" was an Official 2015 Selection of several film festivals and has been acquired by ASPIRE TV for broadcast on their ABFF Independent series. Cheo is currently writing, producing, and directing several film and episodic projects for development for various networks, including the second film in the trilogy to "Rites.
Eduardo Rufeisen, MBA and a MFA in Motion Pictures, is a Producer/Director with international experience producing and directing creative teams. His previous positions include Marketing Manager of MTV-Brazil and Producer for a Brazilian network. In the Bay Area he worked as a Producer/Director of TV shows and industrial videos for tech companies. He also produced and directed the award-winning It Was Dali and other short films, documentaries and commercials seen in networks nationally and worked as the Director of the School of Motion Pictures at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Canadian Screen Award and Leo Award nominee, Nicholas Treeshin has directed over 90 episodes of television for National Geographic, OLN, YTV, HGTV, OWN, CityTV, and W Network. He’s directed music videos for Vancouver-based hip-hop artist Moka Only as well as Pittsburgh native and community activist Jasiri X. His short Sci-Fi Thriller Leave Us Alonehad its Los Angeles premiere at Scream Fest, won the Audience Award at the Catalina Film Festival and is currently writing the feature length version of his award-winning short. Nicholas Treeshin is a graduate of the University of Regina and lives in Vancouver BC with his wife and two children. See More
Ruby was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Since her early years she demonstrated an interest for art and film and during high school discovered her artistic talents and decided to persue them. While studying art as her undergrad she finaly decided to venture and explore the world of film. By doing producer and art department work on her earlier short-films, Ruby gained some confidence and started writing and directing projects, which resulted in starting graduate school as a Film major. To date, Ruby has decided to become a full-time production designer and has worked on various short films and has many in pre-production but without stopping her filmmaker ventures. Her award-winning film, One Last Time, can be seen at festivals world-wide
Danielle Dunnigan began as a classically trained theatre actress. Then she discovered her true calling; Producing and Directing. She is now an award-winning independent filmmaker currently living in Los Angeles.
Her newest award-winning film, Take Care, follows a young girl trying her best to cop while living in a neglectful home.
Niall Glennon is the writer and director of Joined At The Hip. Born and reared in Dublin, Ireland; Niall is married with one grown up child and spends part of his life writing short stories that will hopefully become films. The other side to his career is spent appearing in acting roles for television and feature films which have spanned the last 20 years. Joined At The the Hip is Niall’s first venture into the world of directing and it is with great honour and pleasure, that he can say that his film, Joined At The Hip, has been officially selected and honoured to receive the Bronze Award at The Spotlight Film Awards. Read More
Award-Winning A TREE IN THE SEA marks the directorial debut of Shahir Zag. He works in Dubai as the chief creative officer of one of the leading advertising agencies in the world. Zag has won a bevy of awards for his advertising work, including 35 Lions at the prestigious Cannes Festival...Read More
After finishing high-school Susanne Boeing travelled Europe and South Africa working as camera assistant for TV magazines and documentaries.
Her own most important films as a director, shown and awarded at several international festivals include the award winning
Current work in progress: several treatments for feature films: “Das Leben ein Fest”;
Kiya R. Reddy
An Art Institute graduate nominated for Best Director and Best Film for the short film, Roadside Assistance, at the schools 2013 48 hour Horror Film Festival. Since graduating she's had the opportunity to work on a big budget production movie, and continues to build her career by working towards goals that can not only help her but others in the process. She is currently working on a feature film set to be released early next year. Read More
Andre Silva currently teaches film production classes at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as an Assistant Professor. His filmmaking interests include experimental animation with an emphasis on the intersection of camp, the absurd and the esoteric. Andre’s short films have screened at fests worldwide, including the Award-Winning CYBERGENESIS...Read More
Erin is a Sydney based writer/director represented by RGM Artists. She has directed several short films including the award-winning short "THE WONDERFUL". Festival acceptances include the prestigious Montreal World Film Festival, Academy accredited LA Shorts Fest and Toronto International Short Film Festival. Recent awards include an Australian Director’s Guild Award nomination, the 2014 ATOM Award, Best Director at St Kilda Film Festival (2015), Best Student Film at Atlanta Shorts Fest (2015) and Best Short Film at BOFA Film Festival (2015). Erin has worked some amazing Australian actors on her films including Shari Sebbens, Charlotte Best, Nathaniel Dean, Max Cullen, Richard Green, Ashleigh Cummings, Susan Prior and Leeanna Walsman. Erin is currently directing the supernatural web series "JADE OF DEATH" which is due for release in 2017. Read More
Mtume is a Director, Actor and Screenwriter hailing from New York City. Known most for his work as an Actor on the hit HBO Series "OZ" and films like "CARLITO'S WAY: RISE TO POWER" Mtume has since became an acclaimed Filmmaker with the debut of his first film SPIT (2015) which was awarded Best Short Film at the 2015 Coney Island Film Festival and was an official selection to over a dozen well regarded Film Festivals around the United States such as Aspen Shortsfest and Woodstock Film Festival racking up numerous awards and nominations in the process. Currently Mtume is in development of his debut feature film "LOBOS" and a Documentary project both under the banner of his newly formed production company ALTEREYE CINEMAWORKS. Read More
Michael Phillis is a writer, director, performer, and teacher. He began his career as a stage actor after graduating from the UC Santa Barbara Acting Conservatory in 2004. He is a prolific playwright, and he makes his film directorial debut with MINI SUPREME, a comedy short which he also wrote and stars in...Read More
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Currently based in Dallas, Maverick is an aspiring director, editor, and self-confessed cinephile that continues his passion for making films including the Award-Winning SHOTGUN... Read More
Luca P. Machnich
Luca P. Machnich is the grandnephew of Anton Machnich, one of the movie pioneers in Italy, who opened the first movie theaters in Italy, in Romania and in Ireland (the latter in partnership with the famous writer James Joyce) in the early 19th century. He studied film direction at the Los Angeles Film School after working as a production assistant in several screen and TV movies (also with Ettore Scola). He authored "Spaghetti Nightmares", one of the best books on Italian fantasy and thriller movies which was published in Italy (M&P edizioni) and in the United States (Fantasma books). The extended Italian version was very much appreciated by the fans of the genre and the film critics. THE EVE is his first work as director.
Jeffery Wang wrote his first script in middle school. It followed an American platoon through the Battle of the Bulge, and the writing of it was so consuming that he imagined himself on the wintry battlefield with his characters. Jeff’s parents returned home to find the air conditioning at full blast, and their son shivering under a thin blanket as he completed the script. Rather than committing him to intensive therapy, they were encouraging of his newfound hobby. He now lives in Los Angeles and continues to pursue his passion for film and television. As a filmmaker, Jeff still escaped into his imagination to become an African child soldier, a televangelist that turned into a demon, and a dying fortuneteller. His award-winning short, Lifeline is being screened in film festivals across the globe. See More
After completing two years National Service doing volunteer work in a neighborhood of South Tel Aviv, Shira Meishar completed four years' full time study at the Ma'aleh Film School of Jerusalem. Her 12 minute drama "Inside Outside,"completed in 2014 after her second year, won first prize for excellence at the film school awards, and has since been screened at the Manhattan Film Festival, the California Shorts International Film Festival and the Atlanta Shortsfest. Shira's graduate documentary, "Hanna is Beautiful" was released in January 2015. She is now working on her final year graduate drama
Laura Axelrod is a writer, filmmaker, playwright and actress. She graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA and BFA in Dramatic Writing. Her plays have been produced in New York, California and Europe. Born and raised in Connecticut, Laura moved to Alabama in 2006. She became fascinated with the complexities of the Deep South. Her directorial debut, the award-winning “Becoming Colonel Cullmann” is part of a larger series of stories and films about the rural south.
Paul Joe Johny
Award- Winning Filmmaker
Paul Joe Johny is a self taught film maker born in Kerala, India. He started as a stage actor then transformed into a Writer/Director. With Cinema as his main passion, he has since worked on television, advertisements, and his short film, 'Signature.' The award-winning 'Run Baby, Run!' is his second film as Writer/Director. Read More
Kenneth Sanabria is a Psychiatrist who graduated University of Costa Rica in 2011. After a Theater workshop in his undergraduate studies, he began acting in numerous theater productions. From 2011 to 2015 he earned a Master degree in Production and Directing Digital Film (University of La Laguna, Spain, 2014) and an Specialty in Production and Directing Film, Video and Television (FUNIBER - University Miguel de Cervantes, Spain, 2013). Insomnia, his first short, has been awarded and selected in film festivals across the world: Shnit International Film Festival (National Competition), Boston Latino International Film Festival, Sarmat Independent International Film Festival (Best Producer winner), Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards (Best Director and Best Story Short winner), and many more
Martha Frances Williams
"Found" is the first short film from VWC, a group comprised of three women filmmakers who meet weekly. Laura Vogels, the connector and art conductor of the group, is constantly collaborating on new work for both stage and screen as an Actress and Producer. You can follow her @LauraVogels, like her here and check her out at her website. Martha Frances Williams, the creative brainstormer of the group, also produces and acts with other collaborators and her company Bad MoFo. Erica Cho, the grounded facilitator, is a NYC-based actor who supports creating more opportunities for women in TV and film. VWC has recently finished production on a new short film, Greener, which you can learn more about here.
Watch the group's award-winning short, Found,
From music videos to commercials, film, television and stage - writer/director Gregg Masuak's award-winning career is as eclectic as his Canadian-Australian-English-American life.
Masuak's short films, including the award-winning, Invisible, have earned acclaim at the London International Film Festival as well as the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival. Upping the ante on this wealth of hands-on experience Masuak is now producing and gearing up to direct several self-penned feature film and TV projects, notably "Flycatcher", a darkly comic thriller, and "Canoga Faults", a 1-hour comedy-drama.
Michael T. Scott
Back in 2007 Michael T. Scott started fiddling with Flash animation and creating his own little cartoons. Since then, no one's really put up a fight for him to stop, so the cartoons will keep coming. Michael is responsible for the Award-Winning ZOMBIE ZEALOT...Read More...
Award-Winning writer & Actor
Gabriel Furman, of Queens, NY is an actor, dancer, comedian and writer. Gabriel has performed comedy at UCB and The Pit. His acting credits include Netflix’s Daredevil, NBC’s Forever, Taxi Brooklyn and USA’s White Collar. His first film as a writer, Mother’s Day, was chosen as an Official Selection at several film festivals. Gabriel has previously worked as a special effects artist in TV and film, as well as a professional breakdancer. Gabriel, a member of The Actor’s Studio, loves flea markets and is always searching to find someone’s story. Read More
Katie Harbin is an up-and-coming filmmaker from the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee. She earned her MFA in Film Production from the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts before taking the Westward plunge and setting up a home base in Los Angeles, California.
When Katie isn't writing her next screenplay or directing up a storm, she can usually be found watching stand-up, listening to rock and roll, taking long walks on the beach, or eating babies.
With a keen sense of humor and a flair for the dramatic, she hopes to make her living being a professional smart-ass one day. Look for her unique brand of comedy in the world of film and television, and her most recent award-winning shortt, DANTE, at film festivals this year. Read More
Courtney Walter has always been a creative individual. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Courtney spent his childhood acting, creating stories, and visiting the cinema. Once he knew filmmaking was his God-given call, the work began. He enrolled into The Art Institute of Atlanta, majoring in Film & Television, completing his studies in 2014. Along with his award-winning short film "Je M'appelle Jean Pierre", Courtney has two other short films slated for release soon: 'Welcome Home Hero', which tells the story of a wounded Marine and his relationship with his estranged father, and 'Beneath', a documentary about body image among black gay men.
Nico Raineau is a writer/director living in Los Angeles. His career in film began as the assistant to actor/writer/director Ben Affleck on THE TOWN before then transitioning into creative development at Warner Bros. based production companies such as Jinks/Cohen and Team Downey.
In 2014, Nico was selected as a Top Ten Filmmaker Finalist for the rebooted fourth season of the HBO documentary series Project Greenlight and is featured on the premiere episode, which aired Sunday September 13th, 2015. He currently has three award winning short films, BRIX AND THE BITCH, MOTHER'S DAY, and MAGIC MATTY playing festivals worldwide and has directed music videos garnering millions of views. Read More..
Patrick Peacock is a native and life-long resident of Americus, Georgia. After years of writing, shooting, and editing local television commercials for a living, he finally ventured into filmmaking on the side with his first short, "By the Light of Dark" in 2008. Since then he has written and directed 3 additional shorts: "Recompense", and the award-winning, "Life After Death", and "Prey". Patrick produced all of these films on very limited budgets with the help of eager and talented friends in the community. He enjoys the collaborative nature of filmmaking and the challenge of working on a small scale in a small town. Patrick is now turning his attention to creating his first feature. Read More
Composer / Filmmaker
Carla Patullo is an award-winning Composer/Filmmaker. She has been developing a reputation for her musical ambition, sonic soundscapes, stirring emotional content and sheer originality. Her roots began on the NYC punk rock scene, taking off from the legendary CBGBs. She has shared the stage with Sandra Bernhard, Grayson Hugh, Liza Minnelli, and Rufus Wainwright.
Her award-winning Cinderella, A Shadow Ballet was nominated for Best Original Score for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.
Fabien Colas is the director of the award-winning ROXY. Born and raised in Luxembourg, he discovered his passion for filmmaking early on in his life. This eventually lead to a degree in Film Studies at the University of Sussex before moving to London to start shooting commercials and short films. Fabien currently lives in Los Angeles where he's completing an MA in Film at the prestigious Art Center College of Design, trying to sharpen his skills in narrative storytelling for films and commercials. Read More
Sean Ryon is a documentary journalist from West Chester, PA. He attended Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he co-produced the award-winning short documentary Born Into This with co-director Lea Zora Scruggs. Born Into This was selected to screen at DOC NYC, Denver Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival and more. Ryon has shot and produced short documentaries for Fusion, Vocativ, Noisey's "Live From The Streets” and Revolt TV. He is currently a Video Producer for NationSwell.com, a solution-oriented media company based in New York. Follow him on Twitter @seanryon89 and on Instagram @wallysean.
Bryan is an independent writer/director based out of Atlanta Georgia. Bryan began making films in Seventh Grade when he purchased a video camera with prize money from winning a science fair. From that moment on, he never doubted what his profession would be. Bryan went on to graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Film and Television. His senior project, the award-winning short film ANOMIE marks his festival debut, and he continues to develop future projects and pursue a career as a director. Read More
Hannah Field is a stop motion animator and filmmaker. Her deepest roots are in the fine arts, and it was her love of materials that initially drew her to stop motion. She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees (MFA Motion Media Design and BFA Illustration) and recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the stop motion animation industry. Her Award-Winning short, My Brother's Stockingcan be seen at film festivals across the world.
Jason Kupfer directed the Award-Winning INVADERS and other great short films and music videos. He currently co-manages 45 Year Old Productions, is a Composer and Sound Designer for Deeb Studios...Read More
Alexandra Debricon is a French-born filmmaker and editor based in NYC. She worked as an editor for many years for clients like NFL, Siemens, SNL, GE and Nike. Award-winning A Gringo Honeymoon marks her directorial debut. She is currently finishing her next short filmed in Tokyo and preparing for her first feature film Les Stazunis. Read More
Born and raised in Long Island, NY Jeff studied Film and Television at Hofstra University. For the past 10 years, Jeff’s credit’s include being a cinematographer for some of the top rated reality shows on television such as The Bachelor, Jersey Shore and Project Runway. The award-winning Mother’s Day is Jeff’s film directorial debut and he considers himself very blessed to have such a talented cast and crew for it. Read More
Lea Zora Scruggs
Lea Zora Scruggs is a video producer and reporter from Miami, Florida. To date, she’s produced videos for Quartz, freelanced as a casting producer for Efran Films/The New York Times: Ben & Jerry’s, an associate producer for Tina Brown Live Media’s Women in the World Summits and interned for CNN’s Newsroom and “Black and Latino in America” documentary series. Scruggs received her B.A. from Spelman College and her M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. While at Columbia she served on the boards of the NABJ student chapter and Columbia’s first Women in Media group. She also worked as a video journalist fellow for the Village Voice and produced two award-winning short documentaries, The Harlem Quartet and Born Into This. Scruggs will be working as an Associate Producer for Radical Media on a docu-series about income inequality in America. Follow her on Twitter @LeaScruggs and on Instagram @LeaZora.
Award Winning Animator
Frivolous Productions is the brainchild of writer and notary public Steven Kahn. A veritable compost bin of some of Kahn's most brilliant ideas, Frivolous Production's SUPERIOR LIVING
has won the Spotlight Platinum Award....Read More
Dylan Clay Blount
Dylan Clay Blount is a writer, a director, and an editor. He and his workshop are based in Lexington, Kentucky. He has dedicated his life to making mind opening films & multilayered narratives. His award-winning short, STZ, is just one of his many projects. Along with his team of groundbreaking artists at Hyena Silver Studios; he takes us to the next step in filmmaking. Be calmed anxious viewers the future is beautiful.
Born and raised in Austin, TX Jordan Stone is naturally the bold, creative type. In 2011, he formed Two Birds Entertainment to write, produce, and perform in short films. He has acted in theater, television, and film across many genres. He lives in Hollywood, and enjoys running through Griffith Park.
Award-winning Informal Approach is the directorial debut of Jordan Stone, and his second film to write and produce. He was recently featured as a commentator on the Alfred Hitchcock docu-series HITCH20.
Tristan Artin has trained extensively as an actor for the past six years having studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney and working privately with renowned acting coach Annie Swann for three years, before moving to New York to complete HB Studio's one year core program.
'Looking Out' marks the first short film for the young actor and filmmaker.. Shot on Sony's F55 camera with some of Australia's leading talent, 'Looking Out' is an extremely personal film for Tristan.
He is excited about the opportunity to shine a light on a subject which is extremely important for society and hopefully help build awareness about the issues which face our youth and create a positive change for the juvenile justice system, both in Australia and abroad. Read More
Scott Robertson fell in love with movies at a young age after watching movies such as Star Wars. He was given his first camera around the age of 13 and couldn't put it down. Later he began to experiment with editing. He first learned by connecting his camera to the tv and recording onto VHS tapes. Scott attended the Art Institute of Atlanta, and received his bachelors degree in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production. Fresh out of college the Scott moved outside of Philadelphia, PA and began to work on his filmmaking career. He worked with companies such as Teach For America, Next Level Video, Pulse Cinema and Thorne Media.
After a succesfull career in science, having PhD in physics and biology Vasily Chuprina pursued his passion for filmmaking. His first drama "A Morning Call" received numerous awards from film festivals world-wide.
With the latest work, his award-winning "The Rat", Vasily got attention from Manhattan Film Festival, New York City International Film Festival, Burbank International Film Festival (Nomination: best dramatic short), Austin Revolution Film Festival (nomination: best short thriller), Long Island International Film Expo, Diana Golden Awards (Silver Diana) Orlando Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner to name a few. Read More
Roya is keen in harnessing the power of film to bring positive social change. Most recently acknowledged with four awards and five nominations for the award-winning, socially conscious narrative film, ‘Jacob Stone’ which has been the Official Selection of many national and international film festivals. In addition to narrative films, Roya has made numerous short documentaries on Sustainable Architecture, Sustainable Furniture, Energy Efficiency, and Education.
Guan Tian is a Chinese filmmaker and theatre director/actor. He earned a BA degree in Theatre Directing from Central Academy of Drama, Beijing, China, and an MFA degree in Film from Syracuse University, NY. His films have been screened at Warsaw Film Festival, Palms Springs Film Festival, Slamdance, Los Angeles Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Athens International Film/Video Festival, and many other festivals. His latest film Drama was awarded “The Best Live Action Short Film” at the 30th Warsaw Film Festival, and Best Fiction Short at LA Film Fest. Read More
Cynthia Silver is an NYC-based stage & film director, actor, writer, solo performer, and acting teacher. She has been a faculty member at the Atlantic Acting School in New York City since 1998, where she teaches acting by way of the Practical Aesthetics technique, developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy. Theater directing credits include Dipika Guha’s The Rules (Joust Theatre Co.); Uncommon Women and Others; Melancholy Play; Almost, Maine; and Shel Shocked: An Evening of Grown-up One Acts by Shel Silverstein (Atlantic Acting School). In addition to Silver Spotlight Award Winner, Sleep Training, Cynthia directed the upcoming short, Sibs, both produced by Made with Sass. She is also currently in development for a short film adaptation of The Shallow End, a one-act play by Wendy MacLeod. Read More
Hayden Baptiste is an independent film producer and owner of Wandering Worx Entertainment, a film production company and independent record label. He has produced award winning short films, music videos and feature length movies which have aired on networks such as CBC, Bravo and Much Music. He has also worked as a Producer on the Hallmark network's made for TV movie '3 Weeks 3 Kids' and The Movie Network's 'Confined'. Most recently, Hayden produced the award-winning sci-fi thriller short called 'Leave Us Alone' which he is currently developing into a feature length film. Leave Us Alone has screened at several festivals including Montreal World Film Festival, Screamfest and was the Audience Award winner at the Catalina Film Festival. Hayden is currently producing the feature film 'Eyewitness' in Ontario Canada and is finishing post production on the electronic music documentary 'I/O'. See More
Jonathan Bekemeier is a commercial director/filmmaker. His filmmaking credits include directing 'Titler', a surreal satire that has played around the world, winning numerous awards including an honorable mention at the Sundance Film Festival. His latest award-winning short, “Secret of the Lion” is about the discovery of a time capsule hidden inside the Lion statue at the Old State House in Boston, MA...Read More..
Faiyaz Jafri is an artist and film maker who started to use the computer as his sole medium in the late 80's and can be seen as one of the pioneers of computer arts. His work evolved from flat line art into a style he calls hyper-unrealism. Innovations. Despite the vast possibilities offered by modern computers he stays close to his subject, leaving out unnecessary frills and extra’s until he’s left with an image that is unambiguous and almost obscene in it’s blunt power. Jafri’s films, including the award-winning Disconnector, have been selected worldwide in prestigious festivals as well as in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. More on Faiyaz Jafri and his work can be found on his site faiyazjafri.com.
Tina Pfeiffer is an actress and producer, known for Prized Begonias, Unforgotten and Shadow Fighter, and the award-winning A World of Pleasure. She is an actor and producer with Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre. She has been with the Institute for 7 years and states, 'It has been an honor to have Burt Reynolds as my acting coach. What a learning experience it has been. I will be forever grateful to him and look forward to new projects on the horizon.' Read More
Born in 1965 in Kyoto, Japan, Shinichiro Watanabe is a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and music producer. As a former employee of SUNRISE, he has supervised the episode direction and storyboards of many SUNRISE titles. He made his directorial debut as codirector of Macross Plus. As a Director, he has worked on numerous high profile titles such as Cowboy Bebop (TV and Movie), The Animatrix Kid's Story, A Detective Story, Samurai Champloo, Kids on the Slope. As a Music Producer, he has worked on such titles as Michiko to Hatchin and Lupin the 3rd A Woman Called Fujiko Mine.
Award- Winning ANIMATOR
Dmitri Voloshin- producer, director and founder of the company “Simpals” which has become the largest studio of computer graphics and animation in Moldova..Voloshin is the director of the Award-Winning DJI. DEATH SAILS...Read More
After obtaining a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Middlesex University, Greg Keith dabbled in stand up comedy before focusing on acting, screenwriting and then directing. After creating such short films as sci-fi action satire Chaos Black and the award-winning psychological drama Weird Love, which premiered at the BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival. Greg is now balancing the development of his feature directorial debut, Charlie, with his need to portray a diverse range of characters and take direction from and learn under as many great directors of stage and screen as possible. Special skills and interests include powerlifting, various martial arts, singing and character voices.
Award-Winning producer & Actor
Roman Xing (Xing, Han) is an actor, producer, and writer. He is from Beijing, China. He has been acting since 2004. Films: Bloody Hands, The Second Coming of Christ, and Wolf Mother, etc. TV shows: Adopted, Supreme Justice with Judge Karen, and Royal Tramp, etc. Theaters: Twenty Days, The Owl and the Pussycat, and Waiting Room, etc.
He is the producer of the award-winning film, Permission, which can be seen a film festivals across the globe.
For over a decade, Jacob Michael Hanania has worked in a variety of roles on a number of film projects that match his diverse skill-set. He balances his fascination for the technical side of filmmaking with the creativity needed to tell a story. Jacob is proficient in film photography, non-linear editing and graphic design. As a story-teller, Jacob has produced, directed and edited a number of music videos and short films. His latest film, the award-winning Street Meet, has screened at film festivals around the world. Read More...
Alex Moratto is a Brazilian-American filmmaker known for his award-winning short films. His award-winning documentary NOWHERE TO BE FOUND had its World Premiere at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and its Online Premiere in The Huffington Post for World Suicide Prevention Day 2015. Read More
The Double-Blind Experiments
The Double-Blind Experiments is a collective of VFX artists with diverse creative backgrounds including visual effects, traditional 2D animation, photography and graphic design. The experimental nature of their work is the result of their desire for a creative outlet without the commercial constraints of their everyday jobs. Their first collaborative experiment is the award-winning “Double-Blind No.1”.
A case study outlining the guidelines of the experiment can be viewed here.
Award-Winning writer & Producer
Having been schooled in creative writing, academic writing, and journalism, Jeremy has storytelling in his blood. Jeremy began writing for The Birmingham News/AL.com (Alabama’s biggest newspaper/media outlet) as a college sophomore and has been a freelance contributor for 10 years. He received a master’s degree in English from the University of Louisville-
Jeremy penned a pair of short scripts in 2011: “Get Right,” which won Best Alabama Screenplay in the 2011 Sidewalk Film Festival’s Sidewrite Competition, and “The Dan Dedman Song Factory,” which won Best Screenplay – Short Drama at the 2012 United Film Festival (Los Angeles) and was the runner-up for both Best Short Screenplay at the 2012 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival and the Best Alabama Screenplay in the 2011 Sidewalk Film Festival’s Sidewrite Competition.
After graduating from Fordham University in 2008, Angela had a brief stint with the Obama for America campaign before taking a job in Los Angeles with the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She is now a working television producer with credits including, TV One’s Hollywood Divas and OWN’s Oprah Builds A Network and Flex & Shanice: All in The Family. In addition to creating the award-winning web series, The Cat Lady Chronicles, Angela is the writer/director of the award-winning short film, Jermaine, which tells a true and tragic story of gun violence on Chicago’s South Side. See More
Michael E. Ravich
First drawing, then painting, and even a dash of music making before the wheels of creative expression would land on storytelling at twenty four frames per second for Michael E. Ravich. Raised just south of Tinseltown with his older sister Ilene by mother, Lesvia, and father Gil, he lettered three of four years on the high school golf team. The arts soon called through higher education where he would seek a fine arts degree in drawing and painting… to no avail. It would be some time after a pursuit of rock n’ roll stardom before Michael would find his true passion, filmmaking. On forward with an unquenchable thirst for everything film, the self-taught writer-director released his first venture in 2015; a multi-award winning neo-noir dark-comedy spy-thriller drama entitled “The Dangle”
Justin graduated Magna Cum Laude from undergraduate studies in the area of Time-based Media/Video production. He completed his first documentary in Florence, Italy: “As In A Mirror,” His film, “Elephant in the Room” was official selection numerous festivals and won Best Short at Garden State Film Festival. His follow up film, “Six Months Later” was screened in over 7 notable festivals. Justin graduated with a MFA degree in Social Documentary Filmmaking from School of Visual Arts in NYC and recently completed a Master Class at the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers in Los Angeles. In 2013 Justin incorporated ELEMENT FILMS INC., a company of his own, dedicated to excellence in digital motion picture imaging. He has shot videos and campaigns for a variety of clients and has recently DP’d for the Travel Channel and has been honored to be a film fellow, commissioned to direct a project on behalf of the 2015/2016 season of the The Nantucket Project.
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